Representatives from the eight clubs were present at the launch of the 2018 Continental Tyres Women's National League season.

The opening fixtures kicks off on Sunday, March 11 at 2pm as defending Women's National League Champions Wexford Youths welcome former Champions Shelbourne Ladies to Ferrycarrig Park. Galway Women's welcome Cork City Women's to Eamonn Deacy Park, UCD Waves travel to Peamount United and Limerick host Kilkenny.

With the Women's National League set to enter its eighth season, the Continental Tyres Women's National League welcome Limerick WFC into the league for their first season, bringing the league up to an eight-team league.

Fran Gavin, FAI Director of Competitions, believes the inclusion of Limerick WFC will help bring the league to new levels.

"We're extremely excited for the start of the new Continental Tyres Women's National League kicking off this week and we're positive we can build on the success of last season, our first season after switching to a single calendar format," said Gavin.

"The league has continued to go from strength to strength which was recognised on the final day of last season as over 700 supporters watched Wexford Youths lift the title against Peamount United at Ferrycarrig Park.

"Also, over half of the current Republic of Ireland Women's National Team squad are playing in the Women's National League which shows the abundance of talent playing in the league and the progression of the elite player pathway for Women's football in Ireland.

"The inclusion of Limerick, bringing the league up to an eight-team league, will enhance the competition as it will see every team play on each match weekend and raise the competitive standard even further.

"Of course, there is still plenty of work to be done and we're working closely with the clubs to make the necessary improvements both on and off the pitch. I would like to wish all of the players, coaches, administrators and volunteers the very best of luck."

Tom Dennigan, Continental Tyres Ireland said, “We’re very excited to be here today for the official start of the 2018 season. This will be our fifth season as partners to this wonderfully rich and continually developing domestic league and we couldn’t be happier to be involved.

“The high level performance and dedication demonstrated by players, management and their supporters at games throughout the season is to be commended and seeing new additions such as Limerick this year adds an even more competitive element to the calendar season.

"We look forward to attending weekend games and seeing even more outstanding performances this year.”

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